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It appeared that frequent attacks were here to stay, at least for awhile.  I found out first hand on the morning of the 30th, after about twenty-five or thirty hours without sleep, exactly how Johnny had felt a few days before - it didn't seem so funny now.  Since the afternoon of the 29th, the fire bases were getting hit at least on the top of each hour.  CW2 Wilson (our Detachment Commander whom we referred to as "Willie") along with our upper echelon chain-of-command, who were fortuitously at the Detachment on a routine visit, began to seriously consider evacuation of at least the two fire bases.

Throughout the morning, while our superiors discussed their evacuation decision, we continued to communicate with FSB's Sarge and Con Thien, relaying any new FSB Sargeinformation.  More and more sightings of NVA and VC were coming in over the radio, and sometime between 3:00 and 3:15 p.m., I held our last contact with our two people on Sarge.  We were to find out later that a 122MM rocket with a delayed fuse had penetrated their reinforced bunker before exploding, setting off the built-in destruction devices of their classified equipment.  They never knew what hit them.  Our efforts were now focused on keeping in touch with Con Thien.  I knew that we would never have contact with Sarge again, but had to evade the constant queries from Con Thien on that subject.  We were extremely anxious to get the guys off of Con Thien by night fall - we didn't want to lose them too.  It was extremely frustrating for us trying to understand what was taking them so long to decide to extract our people from Con Thien.  There was no apparent reason for delay.  Were there no evacuation choppers available?  FSB Sarge ViewWhat was taking them so long!  What was I supposed to tell Con Thien when they asked me where the chopper was?


Night fell, and we doubled our vigil at the radio.  Fifteen minutes between contacts were as long as I would permit.  By this time, they had had in excess of two hundred rounds of assorted ammunition thrown at them, including 122MM rockets, 81MM mortars, 240MM rockets, and 130MM artillery shells.  The Fire Base had approximately 300 more rounds to absorb before we had them evacuated to Quang Tri Combat Base, home of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) Third Division.

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